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Family: BEGONIACEAE 

 Begonia carolineifolia
 


Photo from Nasuta

  
Author:  Eduard August von Regel 1852
Family:  Begoniaceae
Habitat:  Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Southern Mexico
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Minimum - Medium
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  60-100 Centimetres
Flower:  Pale Pink
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Hand Begonia, Carolinea Begonia, Palmate Begonia
Synonyms:  Gireoudia caroliniaefolia, Johann Friedrich Klotzsch 1852. Begonia rotata, Frederik Michael Liebmann 1852. Gireoudia rotata, Johann Friedrich Klotzsch 1855.
Tropicos, among others, use the incorrect spelling caroliniifolia*.

Photo by Gareth Jones
   This member of the Begoniaceae family was almost given this name by Eduard August von Regel in 1852. It is found in Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Southern Mexico, growing in a rather rich soil with some to plenty of water and little to some sun. The swollen stems can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 60 0r even 100 centimetres in height. The flowers are pale pink.

It was originally published under the spelling "caroliniaefolia".

*) I was puzzled by the different way to spell the name, and Kanchi N. Gandhi from IPNI was kind enough to explain:
In general, the published epithet caroliniaefolia is corrected to caroliniifolia (as in Tropicos). Such a correction implies that the first term was derived from the genus name Carolinia, which does not exist. But, although the etymology is not mentioned within the protologue, it seems obvious from the plate 25 that the specific epithet is based on the generic name Carolinea L. In such cases, the Code Art. 60.8 and Rec. 60G would appear to mandate correction of caroliniaefolia to carolineifolia.


Photo by Gareth Jones